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CRASHES IN SOUTH BEND NEIGHBORHOOD
Four people were killed,
including two on the ground, when a Beech Premier 1 crashed into three
houses in South Bend, Indiana Sunday evening. Reports say the pilot of
the aircraft reported mechanical problems before the plane, which was on
a flight from Tulsa to South Bend, clipped one house, plowed through a
second and came to rest inside a third house. A small boy in one of the
houses apparently escaped with a scratch on his head. Two others in the
plane and another person on the ground were taken to hospital. The
injured reportedly did not have life-threatening injuries.
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STUDY CHALLENGES PILOT SHORTAGE
A young upwardly mobile first
officer for a major airline says the math doesn't support the notion of
a pilot shortage anytime soon. Brant Harrison naturally has a vested
interest in the pilots ahead of him on the seniority list moving on and
when he heard about studies like one
from Boeing suggesting the looming need for 460,000 pilots over the
next 20 years he was encouraged. But when Harrison couldn't see any
real-world evidence of that shortage he decided to put his college minor
in math and business to work and see where all these jobs were supposed
to be coming from. In a
podcast interview with AVweb, Harrison said the airline-by-airline analysis he's recently released
doesn't envision any significant change in the job market until at least
the end of this decade. "There are so many pilots for a limited amount
of jobs," he said. More...
PILOT SHORTAGE? WHAT PILOT SHORTAGE?
kept hearing about a pilot shortage, but he couldn't see any evidence of
it so the young first officer decided to crunch the numbers
himself. He spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles about his
airline-by-airline analysis and why it means there are plenty of pilots
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OUTLINES LEADERSHIP SEARCH AND REVENUES
President and CEO Craig Fuller announced in February that he would
resign as soon as a suitable replacement could be found and AOPA
chairman Bill Trimble has now described the kind of individual the
association is seeking. In an open letter to AOPA members, Trimble said
the candidate "must be a passionate outgoing aviator who believes in the
critical value GA brings to our country and citizens." That individual
must also be experienced in business and "able to articulate and fight
for our cause" in the Capitol and nationwide. Trimble notes that the
post-9/11 political landscape means AOPA must work with more agencies
and defend against more regulatory threats. He noted the rising cost of
flying for AOPA members and factors that negatively impact AOPA
SACKS HOMEBUILDER MANAGER
There's been more movement in EAA's
executive suite. Chad Jensen, EAA's Homebuilder Community Manager, was
released from the post on Friday. Jensen confirmed his sacking in an
email to AVweb and also on the Van's Air Force forum. He declined comment on
Sunday. EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski said Jensen's dismissal was a
"personnel situation" that he could not discuss but he added that EAA is
talking with him about another role within the organization. "We're
hoping to keep him involved somehow," Knapinski said. More...
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SHIELDED FROM LASERS WITH GOLD?
Laser chemist and researcher
Jayan Thomas of the University of Central Florida is working to create
eyewear that could use gold to prevent pilots from being temporarily
blinded or injured by laser light shot into the cockpit from the ground.
Thomas is working in collaboration with other researchers at the
Carnegie Mellon Institute in the field of nanotechnology. The team is
working to develop a method of impregnating lenses with tiny nano
clusters of gold that block out high-intensity laser light while
allowing normal visible light to pass through. Last year, the FAA
documented more than 3,400 laser incidents that involved aircraft.
LIKELY TO RETAIN TITLE OF "FIRST" IN FLIGHT
authority Jane's All the World's Aircraft says there's convincing
evidence that Gustav Whitehead, not the Wright brothers, was the first
to achieve powered controlled flight, but critics may be unmoved. In the
foreword of the 100th edition of Jane's All the World's Aircraft, Jane's
editor Paul Jackson cites the work of Australian aviation historian John
Brown. Brown's evidence includes a 1901 article describing Whitehead's
sustained flight in a controlled powered aircraft flown from a field in
Connecticut, ahead of the Wrights' 1903 flight. Unfortunately, although
one picture of a Whitehead flight was reportedly taken, observers who
require any direct visual evidence will be disappointed. And Whitehead
is not without his detractors. More...
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IGNORED ORDERS TO ABORT LANDING
Safety Board is considering whether to investigate why the crew of an
Air Canada flight ignored two orders from air traffic control to abort a
landing at Toronto's Pearson International Airport last week. On March
11, controllers spotted a ground radar return showing an object near the
threshold of the runway the flight from Edmonton was about to land on.
They twice ordered the go-around but according to the Toronto Star the flight landed
anyway without incident. The Star quoted a Transport Canada preliminary
report as saying the crew told controllers they thought the go-around
order was for "someone else." TSB spokesman Chris Krepski said, "We're
assessing that information to determine whether we'll pursue a full
investigation." Meanwhile, there will be another investigation on how a
driverless van was able to run amok at the airport to start the whole
PRISON ESCAPE IN QUEBEC
Police in the Canadian province of
Quebec said late Sunday they had arrested three men and had another
cornered in connection with the helicopter escape of two of the men from
a prison in Saint-Jerome, about 25 miles northwest of Montreal. Police
are releasing few details but witness accounts gathered by various media
sources suggest two of the men commandeered a helicopter at gunpoint and
forced the pilot to hover over the prison yard. "At that point, two of
the inmates came out and appeared to attach themselves to cables that
were attached to the helicopter," CTV News reporter Derek Conlon reported. "The
helicopter then took off with these two men suspended underneath and it
flew away, much to the surprise and astonishment of everyone in the
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CHANCE FOR KIDS TO BUILD AIRPLANES
Eight high-school students
will win a free trip to the Glasair build center in Arlington, Wash.,
this June, in a new educational competition announced this week by GAMA
and Build-A-Plane. The students will participate in Glasair's "Two Weeks
to Taxi" program, building two Sportsman airplanes and learning about
science, technology, engineering and math. "This competition will give
students the opportunity to explore general aviation," said Pete Bunce,
GAMA president. "We need to expose young people to the exciting and
rewarding careers that await them in the aerospace industry and ensure
they have the tools to succeed." High schools who wish to enter the
competition should call Katrina Bradshaw of Build-A-Plane at
804-843-3321 immediately, as space in the competition is limited.
CAMP, FOR FREE
Seventy-year-old Vietnam veteran and CFII
Rafael Sierra has created a short summer camp program in Thermal,
Calif., that provides select high school students with ground school,
one hour of flight training, and a student pilot certificate -- all
free. Sierra's Coachella Valley Youth Aviation Education Program selects
students on the basis of their essay submissions and their desire to
become commercial pilots. He runs the program on financial donations and
contributions from like-minded friends and local businesses. Sierra told
AVweb, Friday, that last year 57 students "graduated" from the
program, and this June 22-29 he will guide another group. Sierra says
his model is simple and can be copied successfully across the country.
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MARCH 18, 2013
Letter of the Week: Question from a Midair
I have read your interesting
article on mid-air collisions, but I cannot agree totally with it. I
am the lucky survivor of an actual mid-air, where my Twin Comanche at
150 kts cut off the fin of a Cessna C172RG at 125 kts, losing most of my
left wing tip in the crash. Luckily, nobody was hurt, but it still
puzzles me how such an event may have occurred.
In perfectly clear
weather, I was on my toes knowing that traffic at the same altitude
(2,000 feet) was heavy and having been warned by ATC of traffic on the
opposite heading. Unfortumately, I had just passed another aircraft on
opposite heading and thought that was it. Despite what I believed to be
an accurate scan, we only saw each other at a distance of about 1,000
feet. I dove sharply to the right, but the other guy also dove without
turning, so I pulled up hoping to avoid him. Well, I didn't make
My question is: In case you really are close, is it better to
dive, to keep him in sight, or to pull up?
here to read the rest of this week's letters. More...
TOTAL ECLIPSE FLIGHT DEMO
Eclipse is touring
the country with its Total Eclipse, a factory re-do of the original
EA500. But the airplane is a good stand-in for new production airplanes,
which will be called Eclipse 550s. AVweb recently took a flight
demo in a Total Eclipse and prepared this video report.
OF THE WEEK: HOVA FLIGHT SERVICES (KGIF, WINTER HAVEN,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to HOVA Flight
Services at Gilbert Airport (KGIF) in Winter Haven,
AVweb reader Christopher Leonard told us
how impressed he was with the facilities at staff at
This is the best FBO I
have been to in a long time. The staff is genuinely friendly, and there
is a true GA focus here. The restaurant inside the FBO building is
excellent and creates a sense of community. The airport is active in
flight training and promoting GA. The facilities are beautiful, and fuel
prices for such an outstanding new facility are very reasonable. Getting
in and out of the airport is a breeze. I would highly recommend this FBO
and airport to anyone!
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My first flying job was as a flight instructor at
Hanger One at Millard Airport (MLE) in Nebraska. One evening in 1989,
while working with an instrument student in a Cessna 150, I overheard
another instructor, Karl Lindholm, familiarizing his student with tower
communications at Epply Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska. With calm winds and
no other traffic in the area, the tower was allowing them to perform
touch-and-goes on different runways. I then overheard the
"Cessna 12345, you are cleared
for the option on all runways."
"Roger. So are we
cleared to run amok?"
"Affirmative. 12345 is
cleared to run amok. Advise when you are ready to return to
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